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Roy Thomson Hall and National Geographic Live present

Exploring Genius

It’s hard enough to identify genius. How on earth do you photograph it? To photographer Paolo Woods, the best place to start was his hometown of Florence, where Michelangelo and da Vinci created their masterpieces, and where Galileo reshaped our understanding of the cosmos. In Mexico City, he sat with a modern savant who could draw the entire cityscape in exact detail after just a glance, and in Japan, he saw modern scientists bringing last century’s genius to life as they proved a theory Einstein made more than 50 years ago. He even explored the possibility that future genius could come from an unlikely source: artificial intelligence.